Vivian Glueck -- President
Vivian Glueck was born in New York, but spent her early childhood in Argentina during the time her father founded both Citromax S.A.C.I. and Fritzsche SAICA. After earning a BA from Barnard College in physics and a Master’s degree from Columbia University in astrophysics, Vivian went to work for NASA. After two years at NASA, she came to work for her father at Citromax, taking over as acting head of the company in 1997. Vivian was officially named President of the family of Citromax companies in 2001. A married mother of four, Vivian devotes her spare time to charitable work and serves on the Boards of several venerable New York institutions.
Elaine Kellman-Grosinger -- Vice President, Flavors
Elaine Kellman-Grosinger is a flavor industry hall-of-famer who began her career at International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) as a flavor trainee. From there she moved to Fritzsche D&O as a flavor chemist, then Felton/F&C, where she ran the company’s East Coast division, followed by Givaudan and H&R/Symrise, before joining Citromax in 2005 to head the company’s newly formed flavor division. Elaine has a BS from Brooklyn College and a Master’s from NYU. When she’s not creating the tastes of tomorrow, she can be found playing the piano or perfecting her Downward-Facing Dog.
Andy Blum -- Vice President, Product Development
Andy has been in the flavor/fragrance and essential oils business since 1982. After receiving his BS in Chemistry from Wagner College, he went to work as a chemist in the QC group at Fritzsche Dodge and Olcott. He spent the bulk of his career dealing with essential oils and flavors, and is expert in all aspects of essential oils. He received his MBA in Management of Innovation and Strategic Planning from Rutgers Business School, and eventually became involved with more commercial roles. At Citromax, Andy’s role is to expand the product portfolio, find new and better ways to produce existing products, and open new markets. His favorite part of this role is that he gets to work with so many expert colleagues across many different functions and locations. For leisure, Andy enjoys bicycling, reading fiction and spending time with his wife and teenaged daughter.
Max van der Linden -- Director of Operations / Plant Manager
Max van der Linden has 30 years of experience in the flavor, fragrance, and consumer products industries, holding senior level positions in Operations and Engineering. Max’s focus has always been R&D and operations innovation, including process optimization, standardization and equipment design. As Director of Operations/Plant Manager, Max applies his expertise and enthusiasm to position Citromax Flavors as one of the leaders in low-cost manufacturing and quick-to-market B-to-B suppliers. He drives Operations’ success by making meeting customer expectations the key value of every member of the Operations team. Much of Max’s passion for his work stems from his love of competitive sailing and weekend racing of Flying Scot sloop rigged boats. For him, it embraces the best attributes of teamwork, decision making, and beauty.
Glen Camarena -- West Coast Account Manager
Glen is a native Californian based in Southern California having joined Citromax Flavors in May, 2009. He has over 14 years sales experience with Citromax Flavors, Sensient Flavors and Flavors of North America (FONA). Glen is the West Coast Sales Manager managing Citromax Flavor Accounts from the Mountain States to the West Coast. Glen has a Bachelor Degree in Enology from California State University, Fresno. Glen also has over 25 years of Product Development/Technical/Technical Management experience in the development of products for the Wine, Dairy, Food, Food Service and Quick Service Restaurant Industries. Glen is married with two adult children. Glen is a Professional Member of the Institute of Food Technologist active since 1979.
Angela Begley -- Midwest Account Manager
Angela has been in the flavor industry for over 15 years working with beverage, dairy, bakery, confectionery and savory customers. She has a passion for helping the Craft Brewing and Distilling industries grow. Angela is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati holding degrees in Business and Marketing. Angie is a foodie who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio and in her spare time enjoys seeking out new dining experiences, participating in 5Ks, attending sporting events, and all types of music, beer and wine festivals.
Steve Swaby -- East Coast Account Manager
Steve was born in London, England, where he spent his formative years and grew up. After earning a BA in European Studies from The Wolverhampton University in the midlands of England, Steve went to the University of Salamanca in North Western Spain for his post graduate studies. After entering the Flavor and Fragrance industry with Bush, Boake, Allen in London, he was later transferred to Barcelona, Spain spending four years there as sales manager. Relocating from Barcelona, to the USA, Steve traveled extensively throughout Latin America, his roles included the selling and marketing of both flavor and fragrance compounds, and essential oils. Married to his college sweetheart and father of three, when not spending his spare time with his family, Steve can be seen coaching youth soccer in and around the metropolitan DC area where he currently resides.
Michele Di Stefano -- Purchasing Manager
Michele DiStefano has over 25 years in procurement experience in the Flavor, Fragrance and Consumer Products Industry. Michele truly loves the Flavor Industry and her vast industry experience, sourcing skills, knowledge of Flavor Ingredients, Citrus, Essential Oils, along with her good working relationships with Suppliers keeps Citromax cost competitive in an ever changing market. In her free time, Michele most enjoys cooking and being surrounded by her family.
Joseph Clark -- Quality Control & Quality Assurance
Joe Clark gives new meaning to the words loyalty, commitment and growth. He began working for Citroil upon his graduation from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1977, where he received both a BS and MS, and is responsible for QA / QC for all of the company’s products. Citromax is truly a family-oriented company, and we are proud to have Joe’s daughter Lindsey as part of our QC team as well! When he’s not applying strict and rigorous controls to ensure that every product that leaves the New Jersey facility meets the Citromax excellence guarantee, he enjoys reffing youth soccer and playing with computers and ponds.
Donna M. McGeough -- Senior Flavorist
Donna McGeough is a flavor veteran, having been in the industry since 1988. After working at several flavor companies in New York and New Jersey, she joined Citromax in 2005, and has been sweetening clients’ lives ever since.
Lisa Deprospero -- Senior Food Scientist
Lisa has been contributing to the many aspects of the flavor food application field
since she graduated from University of Rhode Island with a BS in Food Science.
When she is not creating the next flavor food and beverage trend at Citromax Flavors,
you will find her relaxing at the beach, gardening and sharing time with her family.
Holly Dikun -- Senior Food Scientist
Holly is a long time flavor industry professional. Prior to joining Citromax in 2011
she worked in various aspects of flavor application at Bush Boake Allen and Symrise.
Holly holds a BS degree in Foods and Nutrition from Montclair State University.
In her spare time she enjoys being with her family, reading, and dabbling in the
Kristy Giordano -- Senior Food Scientist
Kristy resides in New Jersey with her husband and 4 children and has worked in the flavor industry for the past 15 years. She has a BS in Food Science from Montclair State University and an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Kristy has product development experience in both sweet and beverage applications. She enjoys working with food and loves that she can be creative in her role as a scientist. Before joining Citromax Flavors in 2010, Kristy worked at Takasago, Chr. Hansen, Symrise and Dragoco. When she’s not wearing her lab coat, Kristy enjoys cooking, cake decorating, singing and spending time with her family.